Things back to normal at Georgia: Heat is on Martinez

Joe Cox represents the good news at Georgia.

Joe Cox represents the good news at Georgia.

In the last two games, Georgia quarterback Joe Cox has thrown for 576 yards and seven touchdowns, while opponents have totaled 908 yards and 78 points.

It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing season for Bulldogs’ fans. But I’m assuming some of you find a certain comfort in once against being able to focus blame on defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. I mean, it makes things so much simpler, don’t you think? And now you don’t have to dump all your issues on  a college kid (Cox).

Logic says Georgia can’t possibly maintain the scoring pace it set in the last two wins over South Carolina (41-37) and Arkansas (52-41). Yes, the ability to rally and pull out games in the second half says something about the resilience of this team. It certainly says something about Cox and his ability to handle the job.

But let’s not get too carried away. South Carolina and Arkansas are not SEC powers. Georgia likely will not be able to put up similar numbers against LSU, Tennessee (which certainly must be taken seriously from a defensive standpoint) and Florida.

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This is the bad news.

Despite the fact the defense has allowed seven touchdowns and seven field goals in the last two games (see chart below), coach Mark Richt continues to cover up for Martinez.

He initially said Sunday night of the defense, “I’m not real excited about it, but I do know we have an opportunity to continue to improve.” But he seemed to put more blame on the Dogs’ turnover ratio, adding, “We have put our defense in some very short field situations — eight times in three ballgames.”

But that only tells part of the story from the Arkansas game. The Razorbacks scored two early touchdowns off fumbles and another following a long kickoff return. But in the second half, they scored on four of their first five possessions (two touchdowns, two field goals) and all were standard drives.

Bottom line: It looks like the strong defensive performance in the Oklahoma State game was an aberration. If Georgia can’t turn it around, that’s on Martinez. Again.

What Georgia’s defense has allowed in last two games

Opponent        Yds   TDs   FGs  Quarterback    C-A    Yds  TD Int.

South Carolina   423   2       5        Steven Garcia 31-53  313   2   1

Arkansas            485    5      2        Ryan Mallett    21-39   408  5  0

384 comments Add your comment

Chris

September 21st, 2009
7:27 am

If Richt continues to make excuses for him, he won’t be the one making the decision to get rid of Willie…it will be the next coach.

bob

September 21st, 2009
7:30 am

CentralFLDawg

September 21st, 2009
7:32 am

I know there are many differences between the pros and college, but did anybody see the Jets/New England game?

Even the unflappable Tom Brady and the Patriots were put completely out of their rhythm by the Jets’ multiple and unpredictable blitzes. No prevent defense for the Jets….they went after Brady in all situations and he couldn’t stand back there and do his usual thing.

Willie…hope you saw the game.

Clowns

September 21st, 2009
7:39 am

Just goes to show evebody has figured out Georgia schemes. The entire coaching staff are Bozo’s and have been relying strictly on talent for years.Its only going to get uglier when UGA faces the elite programs of the SEC.

Michael Adams

September 21st, 2009
7:40 am

Willie
You probably know more about football than I will ever know, but answer this. Why do you continue to rush only 4 when they do not seem to even get close to the QB?

Money

September 21st, 2009
7:40 am

Honestly, at times during the game I was left wondering if Georgia’s secondary even made the trip…terrible…

Frank Lane

September 21st, 2009
7:41 am

I hate to say it, but Martinez must go. It is just sickening.

Getting beat...

September 21st, 2009
7:43 am

…in man coverage is not a big deal, as cornerback is the toughest position on the football field – that is why guys like Deon Sanders(in tha past), Asante Samuel, Champ Bailey, etc get the big bucks as shut down corners. But, watching UGA defenders being out of position when they are in ZONE coverage is inexcusable. #3 and #9 were totally out of position most of the game. And watching #2 & #23continuously trying to cover receivers rather than staying in their zone area when it is clearly a zone defense that has been called, thus leaving receivers WIDE OPEN, is awful and it falls directly on said defensive back coach, who also happens to be the coordinator.

CMR may try to gloss over it by saying the players have to make the plays when they are in position is one thing, but getting them into the position, and them knowing where they are supposed to be is another thing, and these guys are either not smart enough to play the D and should not be playing, or the caoch needs to be changed so that communication is better. Having slower DBs on the field who play where they are supposed to is much more preferrable than watching receivers run free while making average QBs look all world due to the inability of the current DBs to stay in position.

But, it does make for fun watching as long as UGA comes out on the higher end of a high score – whoever gets the ball last wins!

FLA DAWG

September 21st, 2009
7:45 am

Jeff,
You begin with an implication that Dawg Fans who blamed Cox for poor performance in the first game are the same ones who now blame Martinez for the absence of a D. Then you close with your opinion that indeed Martinez has the responsiblity to improve the D.

I supported Cox since I saw some of his talent last season. I knew the Oklahoma State Game was lousy for him but that if he could settle down he would do well. I frankly didn’t expect him to do as well as he did against Arkansas though.

I have been for the release of Martinez for two years now. That is a seperate issue. Don’t assume you know the answers and the rest of us are just dumb. You must be a Liberal Obama supporter.

Are you that stupid?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

September 21st, 2009
7:46 am

I think it is now a given that there will be changes this offseason. There is no way this defense should be playing this bad with the quality of players they have. Erk must be shaking his head from above at the state of Georgia’s defense.

Ali Akbar Allah

September 21st, 2009
7:47 am

Tech can’t wait to drop 50 on the sorry mutt defense. Keep Martinez around so you can always have an excuse why Richt has done so little with so much.

takedowndawg

September 21st, 2009
7:48 am

CWM is NOT a hard nose DC. Being one is a necessity in the SEC. He is also our defensive back coach. Where have we shown disorganization and lack of discipline most the last three seasons? Answer: in his areas for which he is responsible. Blown coverages, penalities poor tackling……..his areas. Coach Richt: man up and give your friend an ultimatum. Promote an assistant for the remainder of the year. FABRIS!!!!!!! you idiot. Going back to the directional kick again??????? Two out of bounds kicks(OPPONENT starts at the 40!!!!!) Let Walsh kick it in the END ZONE!!!!!!!!

hamburger lipps

September 21st, 2009
7:53 am

You people who think Clipboard Joe is the greatest thing since sliced bread need to settle down. Joe hasn’t played against a REAL defense yet so the jury is still out. SC and ARKY are no power houses while OKIE State was way overrated to begin with along with UGA. UGA is a joke because of its inept coaching staff. Yall will be lucky to make it to the Music City bowl in your dreams……..

Chris

September 21st, 2009
7:57 am

FLA DAWG…you missed the ever loving point of the blog. The blog was and is only making a generalized statement about Bulldog Nation and their wishy washy feelings. The only facts the blog seems to bring up are the recent defensive numbers, that don’t seem to lie. Richt has been true to his man, for his sake, I hope he didn’t stick his neck out too far. The real games haven’t even started yet….from what I’ve heard the real issue with the alums, is that he didn’t try hard enough to keep Van Gorder…Martinez and Richt are only making them feel more right every day

gadawgs

September 21st, 2009
7:59 am

Coach I know you don’t read these blogs but in case someone you know does I hope they let you know what the masses are saying. It’s not just the ordinary fan here it’s also the talking heads, commentators (so called experts), media heck even UGA knows that Willie has got to go (you can see it in his eyes everytime an opposing teams wide receiver scores untouched). Willie is not qualified to coach at this level. His results not just this year but his entire body of work since he became D Coordinator SCREAM it. Coach please put your personal feelings aside and do what you know needs to be done. If you don’t people are going (if they have not already) start questioning you and your priorities (not spiritually which I admire) but professionally. I would hate that because I still firmly believe you are an outstanding coach but you have to make some hard decisions (even though in reality it should not be hard based on results) regarding Willie (as well as Fabris). I can assure you that your bretheren in the SEC coaching ranks (Saban & Meyer) would not hesitate if in this same position.

AY

September 21st, 2009
8:04 am

UGA’s defense is a high school defense. It is a gimmick defense and it did not take long for the SEC to figure out.

GW

September 21st, 2009
8:11 am

I thought it was a brilliant gameplan. We had AJ so let Willie coach Arkansas’ defense too.

James Jones

September 21st, 2009
8:11 am

Chris is an idiot!!

hamburger lipps

September 21st, 2009
8:13 am

you all are idiots you blind homers…..

N.GA.DAWG

September 21st, 2009
8:15 am

Well on the bright side we are 2-0 in the sec and 2-1 after 3 games. I remember a bunch of idiots saying we would be 1-2 or 0-3.

sniff sniff

September 21st, 2009
8:15 am

Willie Stanks!

hamburger lipps

September 21st, 2009
8:18 am

The bright side aint bright you blind homer! UGA hasnt played anyone yet. Got it through your pea brain now ?

bad brad

September 21st, 2009
8:18 am

Don’t give a rat’s butt if we give up 50 every game, as long as we score 51. Like Al Davis used to say, “Just win baby”.

dawghouse1011 -Athens

September 21st, 2009
8:19 am

Secondary needs LOTS and LOTS of work…..I think they got left back in Athens this past weekend and we pulled fans out of the seats to dress out!!! lol…really though whats up??We are therrible in the secondary!!!Thank god for Ronnie Curren…

Limeydawg

September 21st, 2009
8:20 am

All of this is irrelevant. Coach Richt has a man crush on Willie Martinez. We could give up 50 every game and it wouldn’t change a thing in Athens. It is perplexing, enigmatic and a little scary to think that Coach Richt is squandering the talent for the sake of friendship. I’m guessing that Willie has pictures of Coach Richt kicking a puppy, there’s really no other way to explain the devotion. The reality may be even more ugly. In keeping Willie around, Coach Richt will not have to admit that it was a mistake to do so, that he erred in a critical part of the game. Same thing with Fabris. At some point, in EVERY OTHER PROGRAM IN THE NATION, the HC would have stepped in and placed his foot in the rear orifice of his coordinators for such lousy play. But not CMR. After all, it wouldn’t be the Christian thing to do. (And it keeps that puppy-thingy from hitting the media.)

hamburger lipps

September 21st, 2009
8:20 am

aint gonna happen bad brad !

gabriel

September 21st, 2009
8:21 am

Enter your comments here
Georgia db’s being flooded and being beaten anyway. Why not blitz every down until the qb rushes his throws and/or is leveled . It is obvious that what Martinez is doing ain’t working. This is nothing more than a continuance from the Tech game last year.

Clowns

September 21st, 2009
8:24 am

The coaching staff are a bunch of gypsies from N Augusta I tell ya. There schemes have been nothing but smoke and mirrors for years now. They have been milking you inbred one toothed UGA fans all along. Fire these Bozo’s today!

Panties in a wad

September 21st, 2009
8:25 am

Somehow this is all Bobby Cox’s fault. Fire Wren!

Mo Mo

September 21st, 2009
8:26 am

dat WM is just like that mR. Paul johsen pver there at tech.Mr.johsan is a fine man and don’t wantno persan talking about his offese. He know it works where he scores or win games. He call you stupid if you talk about it. so don’t you do ir.he call you stupid if you do and you know he smarter than you. dat Willie Martinezz don’t want you talking about his deffence either. He know it works and he a fine man. That john fAbris knows them special teams ans know he know how to make it work. He sdon’t want you taking about how he kicksoff the ball. Them know them georgia teams done won 2 and know thay would have won against Okeloma Tateif that offece had scored them 40 or 50 points. It weren’t the defence fault. But that offence coach Mr. MIke BoBO, know he does it right don’t want you talking about that oFFence either. hE know it works where that win or lose. HE don’t like to keep doing the same thing when itwork. HE know dat they catch on if he do it more than once so he change. That mARk RicCk know they don’t want him talking about dat offence or DEFence SOhe don’t open his mouth to them. all of these good men love that oven-baked potted meat lik Mo Mo. Them 5 good men all look the same to Mo Mo, you don’t say nothing about what what they doing or youSTUpid.

N.GA.DAWG

September 21st, 2009
8:26 am

2-1 is better than 1-2 or 0-3 DA. With 9 turnovers in 3 games I am very happy to be 2-1.

south of the Border

September 21st, 2009
8:27 am

Send Martinez back where he belongs! He is an alien.

Dawgs2009

September 21st, 2009
8:27 am

This Willie Martinez situation is a like a nightmare in which we cannot wake up from. The problem is so obvious it is sickening. I was once a believer in Coach Mark Richt, but now I have lost faith in him. He has turned into a soft, weak little man. He has fallen so far and Willie Martinez has sealed his doom. Coach Mark Richt will be fired within 3 years. His best days are over and him and good ole Willie will be at a new school.

tomkat1

September 21st, 2009
8:29 am

UGA could very easily be 0-3 now. It’s hard to beat a good team without a defense.

Clowns

September 21st, 2009
8:30 am

N. GA DAWG is a blind homer loving gypsy!

Willie Martinez

September 21st, 2009
8:33 am

I am the best DC in the SEC and CMR is my best friend. It is not me I tell you, it is those four star atheletes not performing. I am innocent I tell you just ask CMR.

Da Dawg

September 21st, 2009
8:34 am

Our defense has been like this for three years and it is becoming disheatening to watch. The offense plays its a** off and the defense can not stop anyone. Sweet Willie has had three years to get this right and we ares till bending and breaking. We need to see the JUNKYARD DAWGS, right now we are seeing PUPPIES. Come on CMR I know Sweet Willie is your friend, but do the institution a favor and reassign him to assist your wife with the water duties. WE NEED A MEAN SPRITIED DEFENSE!!

pig sty dawg

September 21st, 2009
8:36 am

We need to clean up this defensive mess and go green!

bugman

September 21st, 2009
8:38 am

Richt and his dedication to Martinez remind me of Bobby Cox and his unwavering use of an insipid (yes Schultzie, u can use that word in a later blog) Norton as a DH.

Bobby Cox = Mark Richt = Bobby Cox

Two men that have done so little with so much.

Palmetto State Dawg

September 21st, 2009
8:38 am

Hey Ali Akbar Allah, you better worry about Tech’s own problems instead of UGA’s. If my memory serves me correct, you just got your a** handed to you last TH night on national TV. People will be watching the LSU & Miami films on how to stop the option. Just a matter of time before that offense gets exploited. You Tech dorks kill me. Richt is 7-1 against you bugs, and you act like you’re the ‘82 49ers. Gimme a break.

Irked ERK

September 21st, 2009
8:38 am

Willie M. is a disgrace to Georgia’s football lore.

F-105 Thunderchief

September 21st, 2009
8:40 am

The Dawgs defense does indeed seem to get worse and worse. Perhaps Martinez is overmatched. Another problem is giving up too many yards on kickoff returns. Richt finally used Bogotay on Saturday, but again, you get a short kick. Maybe coach Fabrege, the fancy egg man, needs to go as well.

Max Sizemore

September 21st, 2009
8:41 am

I agree that Willie has to go, and that Richt is loyal to a fault. But I actually think the defense played better against Arkansas than against South Carolina. Mallett made some great throws and their receivers made some fine catches — plays that beat any secondary. And Willie actually was less predictable than he was against South Carolina.

JB

September 21st, 2009
8:44 am

We are 108 out of 120 in defense in div 1. We are a school known for playing pretty good D. I thought I was watching Grambling vs. South Carolina State play Saturday night. They better figure it out quick, cause I don’t think Tenn, LSU and Fla. will allow 50…..or 40…..or even 30.

N.GA.DAWG

September 21st, 2009
8:44 am

We are in first place and playing poorly. I will take an ugly win all year long.

Starfish Dawg

September 21st, 2009
8:45 am

Our defense got violated very long Saturday nite. I would rather have the underneath stuff. Willie is such a goober head.

NGADawg

September 21st, 2009
8:45 am

Essentially, it is not Mark Richt’s decision to make…..its Damon’s. The buck stops with the AD and if enough alumni with deep pockets put on the pressure Martinez will go.

Dawg Fan

September 21st, 2009
8:45 am

Willie Martinez is incompetent!

the glass is half full

September 21st, 2009
8:45 am

three turnovers on a short field = 21 points.
without those three turnovers and points – score is 49-20….

we gave up 18 points to SC with turnovers.

we gave up 14 points to OSU with poor special teams and turnovers.

those mistakes are fixed, we dominate.

i’d like to see how one of the ‘elite’ programs does when it turns the ball over like that…..

Geico Lizzard

September 21st, 2009
8:49 am

Willie is a clean shaven cave man!